How are things? Crazy?! I hear ya. I literally feel like I’ve been in fast forward mode for the last three months straight. It’s been nuts – but for the good! Work has kept me firing on all cylinders (and then some) and then I’ve also been traveling and chipping away on house projects with Bryan, so downtime is more foreign to me than ever (cue: broken record).
But nonetheless, I was so excited to see all the traffic after I posted last week’s big floor reveal. It’s comforting to know there are other renovation junkies out there that get as pumped about refinishing hardwood floors as much as I do. If you were one of those people, you’ll love today when I show you the upstairs, starting with the staircase.
Based on the great condition of the staircase, Bryan and I were fairly certain they were not original to the house. Not that the rest of the house was in awful condition, by any means, but the staircase just appeared to have been redone sometime between 1932 and now… and if it wasn’t redone, well, then I hope I look that good when I’m 83 years old, too.
Anyway, point being that the staircase is in maple while the rest of the wood floor throughout is in red oak. And based on the results of refinishing the maple, I’m safely saying that I’d love to have a lot more where that came from in our next house.
We still need to paint the white trim around the stairs, but overall, it’s a pretty dramatic facelift.
The stain also gave new life to the second floor landing area and hallway.
There were several dry, beat-up areas along the baseboard from normal wear and tear that the new stain and poly made rich and vibrant again. (Side note for those who missed last week’s post: The stain color we chose is called Provincial.)
Bedroom #1 was/still is continuing to serve as our master suite until the new master suite is completely finished (pending bathroom completion). This room is one of two rooms in the entire house that didn’t have any structural changes to it over the last year.
I love this room because it’s unusually big for the age of the house AND it has two closets. It will serve as a guest bedroom when all is said and done.
Bedroom #2 is the second of the two rooms in the entire house that didn’t have any structural changes to it.
This room will also serve as a guest bedroom for us. And ok, I’ll go ahead and say the classic HGTV home reno/house hunters line: It was also make a great nursery some day… NOT that we need to worry about creating one of those anytime soon, but I’m sure some of you were thinking it. 😉
Last but certainly not least, we have my favorite room in the entire house, the master bedroom. If you can remember, this room started out as two rooms.
Then we had our contractor convert it into one big room and build a walk-in closet. It was difficult to capture these two bedrooms beforehand due to how small the rooms were and the fact that I don’t have a wide angle lens, but here are a few… which is hopefully enough to get the gist. I did take the pictures from the same perspectives, but the room has evolved so much, it’s hard to see the resemblance from before and after.
And there you have it. All the hardwood floors in the house are DONE. Bryan and I have finally moved out of the basement (win) and… wait for it… WE ORDERED A COUCH for the living room. After a full couchless year, this was a big move for us. Other than having to wait 6-8 weeks for it, I’m overjoyed. But heck, I’ve waited a year so what’s another two months at this point, right?
Next up on our agenda is getting settled into the master bedroom, which means finishing up the master bathroom by grouting the tile and ordering and installing the glass shower wall/door. If anyone reading has ever installed their own glass shower door and has any tips or tricks, I’m all ears!